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Ousel Falls

Intermediate
 4.7 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great all-season hike for those in the Big Sky area ending at a beautiful waterfall.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Out and Back

6,566' 2,001 m

High

6,461' 1,969 m

Low

260' 79 m

Up

260' 79 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

A gorgeous waterfall hike nestled among the highly developed Big Sky area.

Description

From the Ousel Falls trailhead descend an excellently designed and well-graded, wide dirt and gravel path. Along the way, multiple stopping points to view the river and ultimately Ousel Falls present themselves. At the end, take in the falls and enjoy the quiet surroundings. In winter, the falls become a series of towers of ice, a frozen grandeur. In summer, they are a lulling murmur of sound and spray.

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Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 12 votes

#2

in Big Sky

#870

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#2

in Big Sky

#23

in Montana

#870

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Ousel Falls
Feb 20, 2020 near Big Sky, MT
Ice on cliff faces.
Nov 29, 2018 near Big Sky, MT
Snowy waterfall
Nov 29, 2018 near Big Sky, MT
Ousel Falls in winter
Apr 23, 2015 near Big Sky, MT

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Jun 28, 2022
Matt Peters
Jun 2, 2021
Lisa W
Apr 14, 2021
Brad Wilson
Icy still. Bring your crampons, yaktraxs, poles, etc. 2mi
Sep 20, 2020
Lauryn Mattson
9h 50m
Jul 19, 2020
Caleb Dvorak
Popular Sunday hike 1.6mi
Mar 27, 2020
Katy Pompili
Jul 29, 2019
Ken F
X really enjoyed lunch at the base of the falls. Nice hike, broke a sweat but not too challenging.
Jun 19, 2019
Chase Ellison